Last Friday and Saturday I attended the 2019 Fall in Love New England Romance Readers and Authors conference in Nashua, NH. This was the third time I’ve attended and the first where I was a board member ( I was in charge of swag collection). Once again, I had a marvelous time interacting with the wonderful romance readers who faithfully flock to the conference, registering for it the moment the links go up on line! They are thrilled to meet their favorite authors, visit my beautiful state, and have a fun-filled weekend away.
There were so many memorable moments from this year’s conference that it would take me a week of blogging to state them all. Certain ones do stand out, though.
This year I was part of two workshops given to the readers. One was on romance tropes with NHRWA chaptermate Cheri Allan, the second was on writing humor into your stories with (again) Cheri Allan and another NHRWA writing pal, Lisa Olech.
Giving those two workshops introduced me -and my writing – to an entirely new group of readers. The payback for this? At Saturday’s booksigning the majority of readers who purchased my books told me they were so entertained by the workshops I co-presented they “had” to read my work.
That, my dear friends, is a career-defining moment.
When a typically introverted author can make such a good impression – publicly – on a group of people with their spoken words so much so that they want to read their words/stories, well, let’s just say that’s like finding a golden ticket! My heart simply sighed with pride.
From the halloween costume dinner, to the annual hotel trick-or-treating, to the fun workshops and booksigning, the weekend was a success in every way. Here are some photos: My costume was an easy one this year – I pretended I was going to my old nursing job! Hee hee
Authors Clair Brett ( Mad Hatter) Artemis Crow ( A demon crow) and my wonderful friend and author Kari Lemor ( as a fairy) Unfortunately I clipped her wings in this photo!
Sexy Alice in Wonderland ( Marianne Rice) needed some nursing attention!
My table for the Saturday booksigning.
All the fabulous signing authors before the sale began. Can you spot me? Here’s a hint: I’m not standing! heehee.
I need to send a special shoutout to a few people who simply touch my heart in every way, so bear with me.
To Wanda Foss Osepowicz – you are a delight to sit and chat with, and one of the loveliest people I have ever met.
Jennifer Kerfien – I am so glad I met you at the first FILNE. Your friendship and support means the world to me. Plus, you give great gifts!!!
Josee Giroux – Ditto! And I’d work with you as a health professional any day of the week. Hee Hee
To all my NHRWA sistahs who attended this year: Clair Brett, Cheri Allan, Kathy Hills, Lisa Olech, Linda Kepner, D.L. Jackson, Nora Leduc, Sandra Waine – you ladies inspire me every day.
The all my ROMANCE GEMS sistahs who attended this year: Nora LeDuc, Elsa Kurt, Satin Russell, Kari Lemor, Lucinda Race, Nancy Fraser Kathy Hills it was such a blast meeting you all!
Next year, FILNE 2020 will have new leadership at the helm in Suzanne Eglington. I simply can not wait for the 2020 conference!!!
Until next time ~ Peg